Please help me in buying a "world" cellphone - unlocked
Hi fellow SDers,
I am in the US for a short business trip, and I would like to buy a GSM phone here which I would like to continue to use when I'm back to India. The main reason is that phones in India are unlocked by default, and more expensive even when converted from USD to local currency (INR). Would appreciate your help/advice in this.
I can of course buy fully unlocked phones here, but that's almost as expensive as buying it back home. The only possible exception to this is the Galaxy Nexus. (BTW, I'm looking for Android/iPhone - smartphones only).
The other option I found is buying phones off Craigslist. Would you advise this? Also, I see many phones such as HTC Inspire 4G at around 150-200 dollars. My question is this - can I buy, say a T-Mobile HTC Inspire, and go to a Tmobile store to get it unlocked? (I'm of course not their customer). I do see some phones advertised on craigslist as unlocked - But I'm not really sure if it would work back home. I have my home SIM which does log-on to T-Mobile here in NYC, if the same SIM shows a T-Mobile signal with such phones, I believe it should work back in India, but not so sure...
The last option I see is buying a no-contract/prepaid phone, and asking T-Mo/ATT/whoever to unlock it. Does anyone ever do this?
Finally, Manhattan seems to be crowded with stores offering SIM unlocks of virtually any mobile. Is it worth biting the bullet and buying a locked phone off craigslist, and then going to these stores? Or are they mostly hit and miss
Just search for "Unlocked phone" on craigslist. I just purchased a like new HTC Sensation 4G for $140 on Craigslist and on ebay I can purchase a unlock code for it for $4. A lot of great deals to be had on Craigslist if you are careful and do your research.
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